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Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Education Education at Wickiup Hill Learning Center
In order to meet the mission of increasing environmental awareness in citizens, the Conservation Board built the Wickiup Hill Learning Center in 2002 and completed an expansion in 2012. One of the Center’s long-standing goals is to provide opportunities for people to experience the outdoors and develop an awareness and admiration of nature. Richard Louv in his book, “Last Child in the Woods” highlights the need to connect children with natural places. This book coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to highlight the emotional and developmental issues involved when children become too connected to electronics and disconnected from natural places. Wickiup Hill serves a vital role in addressing this need. 
Oliver & Ava's River Raft Adventure Exhibit & Other Learning Areas
The exhibit stations at Wickiup Hill are designed around a story of a school-aged boy and girl who follow a magical dragonfly on a learning adventure related to Native American history, nature, and watersheds. Come visit to see where the dragonfly takes you! Life Along the River: Features a full-size replica of an Ioway summer home; a three-sisters garden; a maple syrup camp and scent station; and historic artifact replicas! Nature is Fun: Features a muskrat hut; research fort; hollow tree; nature view finders; an oversized underwater room; a larger than life green frog, and a special secret passage-way from the muskrat hut to the fort! Everyone Lives in a Watershed: Features the waterdrop game; a watertable; and a video touchscreen about healthy watersheds!

Outdoor Exhibits: Features the interpretive trails; wetland boardwalk; observation deck; prairie, woodland and savanna habitats; and Native American mounds.

Other exhibit areas include: Bird viewing area; wildlife viewing area; wildlife and habitat management; movie clip station; the hallway of habitats (woodland, prairie, and wetland); and traveling exhibits.